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2 Sisters: A Super-Spy Graphic Novel

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  333 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
An all-new World War II era spy thriller that spans not only the globe, but time as well -- from England to Spain and from ancient Roman times through the era of Pirates and Buccaneers. This daring spy story is the backdrop for the unique tale of two sisters, their relationship and the secrets they share.
Paperback, 334 pages
Published July 13th 2004 by Top Shelf Productions
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David Schaafsma
Mar 11, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gn-crime, wwii
This review keeps my original review of the book, August 2014, though it now pertains to this gorgeous oversized hardcover edition. I'll just add that I realize Kindt can be hard work. Some hate his sketchy art, some hate his dialogue, some hate his fragmented, disjointed storytelling, interweaving all these different story threads, but for all these things, I like him. He's using this visual medium of comics to tell the story with as few words as possible. He loves mysteries, classic mysteries, ...more
Anthony Vacca
Apr 19, 2016 Anthony Vacca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mostly wordless romp through various timelines that tells the tales of an ancient goblet, a woman turned lady pirate, a childhood between two sisters that is not as bucolic is it first may seem, and a primary narrative which focuses on a woman co-opted into the murky world of European spy games during World War II. A quick and clever yarn despite the book's handsomely designed hardback girth. Kindt makes an inspired use of various narrative tricks to tell a deceptively simple plot that require ...more
Nicola Mansfield
Sep 30, 2015 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intense deep espionage tale involving two sisters. Virtually wordless this is a complex story that defies time and place to ultimately bring the story of two lonely women who take courage and strength to defy typical role models and end up not necessarily happy but as survivors. The book looks deceptively simple with its sparse use of text but should not be read through quickly as there is a lot of story here and like Kindt's "Red-Handed" is one that deserves to be read more than once to full ...more
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I have to start this review by saying that I absolutely love that we get original story/vision graphic novels like 2 Sisters. I may not always like them but I'm always intrigued and very glad for the opportunity to read and enjoy distinct and unique points of view. With this particular book, which is a 1-volume stand-alone story, author Kindt avoids a simple narrative and instead interweaves several stories independent o
Erin Moulton
Jan 09, 2017 Erin Moulton rated it really liked it
2 SISTERS was a fascinating SUPER SPY GRAPHIC NOVEL! First off, it was very different than the GNs I have read, previously. Much more reliant on the art than words. Friends, that was a challenge for me. One of the reasons I have not done well with GNs in the past is because I am so reliant on text, I don't pay close enough attention to the pictures. 2 SISTERS forced me to pay attention to the pictures. And it took me a while. I wasn't hyper engaged until about halfway through, then once I sat up ...more
Aug 26, 2015 Maxine rated it it was amazing
2 Sisters, the graphic novel by Matt Kindt, opens in ancient Rome where a female slave quietly unlocks her ankle chains and escapes while surrounded by men at the baths. In the 17th c., a young female captive becomes a pirate to save herself and quickly proves her worth as she plots her escape. But the main part of the story concerns quiet shy Elle, a volunteer ambulance driver, who has spent much of her life trying to gain the attention if not the affection of her sister and their father. After ...more
Jan 10, 2013 SJ rated it really liked it
I chose to read this because I'm currently keeping up with Matt Kindt's Mind MGMT and I wanted to check out other things by him. I loved it! I loved the way the story was told more than the story itself, but the story wasn't bad. I loved that it was almost all pictures and very little words, but still rich and detailed. I loved the flashbacks and the following of the artifact as it changed hands. This was definitely not what I expected it to be, but in a good way. The ending did leave me a littl ...more
Nov 04, 2007 peaseblossom rated it liked it
Recommends it for: spies; also, pirates
I was interested enough to bother deciphering the one-time coded note, so I guess you could say I liked it. It's a little less confusing than Super Spies on account of fewer characters to possibly mix up.
Erin Sterling
A good example of a graphic novel without many words that is complex and intriguing and require visual literacy. This is about a woman during WWII who ends up becoming a spy and her relationship with her sister.
Matt Trowbridge
Dec 15, 2015 Matt Trowbridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I love seeing Matt Kindt's artwork literally speak for itself. He lays out an expansive premise in this book and accomplishes it with minimal dialogue and textual explanations. The detailed attention paid to the lettering was great, too. The story was clever and emotional, well-told.
Emilia P
Jan 19, 2017 Emilia P rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Matt Kindt, you are a lesser Lemire, with a oeuvre of storytelling that is less compelling to me. Though I cared about the plight of the women in this tale, I didn't care for tales of espionage. There were moments of excellence, but in the end, as with Mind MGMT, I felt like...what is this for? There's a bit of slight of hand, but so be it. Not terrible by any means, but...not a Super-Spy tale perhaps. I don't get the allures of spies in general so...#idratherbereadingSweetTooth. Peace.
Marisa Carpico
Jan 23, 2017 Marisa Carpico rated it it was amazing
Incredible. Love that Kindt makes full use of the medium by letting the art and panel layout do as much of the storytelling as possible. Love the cross-cutting and the through-line of the Roman artifact and the way it emphasizes the book's that women are survivors capable of anything they put their minds to.
Jan 02, 2017 Elin rated it really liked it
Almost tempted to a 5/5 for this, which I read all in one go because it's a fast paced, extremely well constructed novel.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, it's quick, clever, and well drawn. I liked how even fairly minor characters get a quick 'life flashing before their eyes' back story before they die.

Time to look up Matt Kindt and see what else he's done I think.
Apr 18, 2013 Whatsupchuck rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
I thought the intrigue and mystery surrounding the two sisters was pretty good, but overall much of the story felt cumbersome or unnecessary. Also thrown in were some confusing elements that were just sort of left confusing.

I found the whole 'double cup roman artifact' plot to add very little to the main story. It was interesting on its own but sort of cluttered up the rest.

The part that confused me (even after re-reading it) was (view spoiler)
Shayna Ross
Jun 19, 2016 Shayna Ross rated it liked it
I found this book hard to love. I certainly LIKED it, but I didn't love it. Maybe I read it too fast, maybe I should have read it over again to find all the missed details, who knows? It's a hefty book and definitely not consider a "light reading."

Premise: This is a tale of two sisters growing up during the times of World War II, which focuses on their relationship (to each other and other individuals) and the secrets they have kept. The main part of the story though, is following an ancient Gre
Aug 01, 2015 Eve rated it liked it
3.5 stars Overall, the premise is excellent but the two separate story lines taking place during two different time periods, plus flashbacks of one of the characters of yet another time period, disrupted the flow as the reader is frequently jolted from one story to another to another. I enjoyed the sparse dialogue, forcing me to pay better attention to the images, but this probably also exacerbated the disjointed feeling of the multiple story lines. The coloring helped to differentiate between t ...more
Jan 30, 2008 Deb rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like a well-crafted short story
The story: a woman fresh off the farm during WWII becomes an ambulance driver and meets a man. After seeing him blown up, she's sucked into becoming a spy and gets involved in missions of escalating danger.

This is one of those graphic novels where the art is more prominent than the words. Sometimes this meant showing a paragraph-worth of words in one box, which both worked and didn't depending on what the artist was trying to describe. I wasn't too keen on the choppy effect the art brought to th
Emily Timco
Aug 01, 2015 Emily Timco rated it really liked it
I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I was very excited to read this graphic novel, and it did not disappoint. It was quite fast paced, confusing (as expected) and had quite the twist. I read this in one sitting and really enjoyed the story, and the art was incredible. I feel that there were a few too many things going on, and some plots that weren't really tied up or explained near the end. Overall, this was an incredible read and I plan to rea
Nov 15, 2008 Jennn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who like spies, twists, and a good story
Shelves: manga
Even though I didn't think it had the same bite as Super Spy, this was still a terrific book and a great companion to Super Spy.

Although the twist at the end should have been predictable, but it actually caught me off-guard. Kindt makes some really incredible and interesting characters and to see more of who they are (e.g. Hanz and Alan) is worth it.

I did the opposite, but I recommend reading 2 Sisters first and then Super Spy - I think you'll appreciate how everything ties in more that way.
Jul 04, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, spies
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. My first read through took several days over a week or so as I didn't have the time to read it all in one sitting. This made me more confused than anything. Especially the scenes of the blond woman digging in the garden. So, I found a time and read the whole thing through, taking special care to understand everything that was going on in the art. It made all the difference, and I understood everything that was happening.

Interesting weaving of three stories t
Aug 09, 2007 Jason rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people with an appreciation for sequential storytelling
Shelves: graphic-novels
Another great offering from Matt Kindt. WWII spies, pirates, Venice, ancient Rome - this story spans centuries and focuses on women that revolt against the oppression and wrong-doings of the men in their lives, act out through violence, and in the end find an inner peace. Kindt is a masterful storyteller, people new to comics may feel the need to flip through pages and finish this thick book off within an hour. But you have to feel his story - you need to soak every page in. There's so much in t ...more
Feb 10, 2016 Eric rated it really liked it
I really like the way that Kindt played with memory / history and perception in this book. The books is full of what I now recognize as Kindt-isms which will drive you crazy or you will just glide past like it ain't no thing depending on your tolerance. Overall I dug it, but I feel it got a little too bloated but i think that's a consequence of how Kindt was treating the pages. I don't know the original format for how this was serialized but there seems to be a huge number of chapter breaks. May ...more
Jul 22, 2016 Shelley rated it really liked it
A chalice used by a female Roman slave to escape takes us through the centuries until we land in WW2 with Elle and Alan and their many secrets. There are so few words in this, but the story is so compelling. I adored Elle and seeing her working as a spy was fantastic--I'm a sucker for espionage, and this was so good. The flashes back to the past of both Elle and her sister and the chalice were super interesting, especially as things unfolded near the end of the book. The scratchy style art suite ...more
Cynthia Pratt
Jul 09, 2016 Cynthia Pratt rated it liked it
THis was the first time I have read a graphic novel where story is self contained. You jump between stories and sometime you read right to left and sometimes its up to down. I think the difference is that you don't know if you got out of it what the author was depecting vs saying. A [icture may be worth a thousand words but mine may not be the same thousand. I enjoyed it enough to give another graphic novel a try.
Odd storyline and at times- weirdly confusing. I wasn't confused, just thought that it was an odd way to lead the reader. I didn't mind the lack of dialogue-- but I minded that the characters and the storyline just didn't match up for me. I read a lot of graphic novels (well, more than most I suppose) and this one left me wanting. I read it twice and even the 2nd time around I thought-- maybe I missed something. But nope-- it just wasn't there.
Ariel Caldwell
Aug 28, 2016 Ariel Caldwell rated it really liked it
Magnificent visual storytelling: intriguing details come through the illustrations instead of the text. I had to re-read the end a couple times, and I'm still left wondering about a few things, but in a good way - in a "I should probably read this again" way.

As the book opened, I thought 1) classy use of black paper, and 2) the artist-author must have really enjoyed this project.

I want my friends to read this so I have someone to talk to about it!
Ryan Werner
Aug 25, 2015 Ryan Werner rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Mostly wordless and monochrome, this was a pretty ambitious way to tell a spy story, especially coming from a writer whose ambitions are pretty much maxed way out before stylistic decisions are even made. Super Spy was perhaps a bit more difficult to follow, but it invites rereading more than 2 Sisters. This is the weakest of Kindt's books. I'd suggest it to fans of his, but if diving into his work for the first time, start with Red Handed for the mystery or 3 Story for the emotional turns.
Sep 02, 2007 Nancy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those that enjoy graphic novels
Graphic novels like these are literate jigsaw puzzles that peep your curiosity and force you to read on in order to solve the various stories that are separately presented yet unfold into one. An innovative look at espionage through the eyes of a female spy during WWII and the life of a female pirate. And the history of a grecian cup. Some illustrations were a little confusing but all in all the story was quite interesting.
Kylara Jensen
Really interesting. This was a very minimalist approach to a graphic novel. Once I got into it really worked. Overall there's hardly any dialogue, or text at all. It's a fun wwii story about 2 sisters. A neat twist at the end.

I did think the art style was weird and it's a little esoteric, but overall a fun read.
I found it really hard to follow at the beginning, but by the time it ended, it all came together nicely. The illustrations often made it difficult for me to tell the difference between some of the characters, which was part of the problem. Also, for some reason, I thought there was a time travel element, so that also added to my confusion. Not sure if I ever knew why that chalice was there.
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